I am back in Chicago, which a few days in extremely loud and crowded Manhattan made me really appreciate. Sadly, I learned of several upsetting bicycle crashes that occurred in Chicago in my absence.
A 25-year-old woman was struck and killed by a truck while riding her bike in the Loop. According to the news report, she fell under the truck at a stop light and did not have time to get up before the light turned green. Also, two women I personally know were injured in car-bike incidents, one being Martha of Bike Fancy, which she posted about here. Martha also posted about another young woman who was hit by a left-turning car and seriously injured.
I hear about drivers of motor vehicles having serious collisions in the city every day – I know bicycling is not more dangerous, especially when considering not only my own safety but the safety of other road users. But hearing about bicycle collisions hits too close to home. I feel for the family of the woman who died and I hope everyone else recovers quickly.
I don’t like it when people tell me to “be careful out there.” I’m always careful out there – I have to be – and if anything happens to me while bicycling, it will very likely be caused by a driver’s carelessness, so maybe people should tell all the drivers they know to “be careful out there.”
So I will not tell you to be careful out there, but I want to acknowledge that sometimes bad stuff happens and I hope it never happens to any of you.